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2000 Nissan Sentra Sedan

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2000 Nissan Sentra

Source: The Car Connection

A better option for two-year-used shoppers.

by Marc K. Stengel

Even jaded Las Vegas was beside itself recently, when news broke that some lucky bandit-yanker landed a $34 million slot fortune with only $20 worth of bait. And while they didn't admit it openly, Nissan operatives on hand for the national media debut of the 2000-model Nissan Sentra compact sedan must have reveled quietly over these auspicious tidings.

Not for nothing, perhaps, did Nissan elect to preen its new Sentra before auto writers at the opulent Mandalay Bay Casino: for all the new frills and furbelows intended to refine the reputation of Nissan's entry-level compact, stakes are especially high in this company's bid to redeem its tarnished fortunes.

Entry-level compacts represent the cockfight of the auto business. It's a messy, no-holds-barred category that nobody really enjoys but everyone feels compelled to join. For a class of car ranging in price between $10,000 to $17,000, you can just imagine how the "value" pitch works overtime. Buyers at the bottom, where the base-model Nissan XE will compete at an $11,690 starting price, are typically watching every penny.

Since it's not unheard of that dealers will profit only $250 to $300 per car in this class, it behooves a manufacturer like Nissan to load its new Sentra with goodies that will sell themselves. Heaven knows most salespeople won't be falling over themselves for chicken feed commissions when there are SUV profits to pocket.

Kicky new frocks

Without the least sense of irony, then, did Nissan spokesman Mark Perry introduce his new Sentra as the starter sedan "that only looks like you can't afford it." For 2000, Sentra wears kicky new frocks, with a more streamlined front silhouette that sweeps rearward into muscular haunches. Many journalists in attendance wondered openly if Sentra might not cannibalize sales of Nissan's own Altima sedan, which sits one rung higher in the product line pecking order. "Not so," Perry predictably parried; but then, with admirable candor, he admitted the graver threat: "It's the two-year-old vehicles just coming off lease that we're really gunning for. Sure, their prices are competitive, because they're used; but isn't a new car at a similar price more desirable yet?"

Let's leave till another day a consideration of whether Altima is being squeezed out of existence by Nissan's new Sentra below and a restyled Maxima above. For the present, it's Sentra's turn to shine, and for the most part it does. This compact's palpable self-confidence owes to strategically larger physical dimensions. Wheelbase remains about 100 inches, but track is an inch wider than '99, height is an inch taller, and overall length grows a whopping 6.5 inches. The resulting extra three cubic feet of interior space are distinctly noticeable. Although more subjective, the Sentra's emboldened "presence" on the road is psychologically persuasive.

Under the hood, a larger 1.8-liter four-banger inhabits the entry-level XE and "volume leader" GXE models, and this is big news, on paper especially. Compared to last year's 1.6-liter, the new 1.8 delivers 126 horsepower for a ten-percent boost. Better yet, torque grows almost 20 percent to 129 lb-ft; and since torque is the home of "throttle response," the smaller-motored Sentras are demonstrably perkier than before.

But with ride quality tuned for softness, handling is moderately mushy; the combination of Sentra's commuter-tuned powerplant, soft-shifting optional four-speed automatic, and over-pliant suspension made for a relatively lackluster drive through Nevada's sweeping desert highways outside Las Vegas.

Desert strafer

And so it was a lucky roll of the dice that allowed me next to jump directly into a 2.0-liter Sentra SE with optional Performance Package. The gestalt experience of 145 quick-revving horsepower, snappy five-speed manual shifter, and stiffened, sharpened handling both front and rear transformed a scenic drive into a low-flying desert strafe. Trust me, the new Sentra SE is a triple-digit ride that hardly breaks a sweat in the wide-open sweepers. Better yet, don't trust me; you never heard it from me.

Nearly as an afterthought, Nissan unveiled its new Sentra CA model in Vegas with all the fanfare of a pin dropping. This is not to say that Nissan isn't proud of its "Clean Air" technology, which has rendered the limited-availability Sentra CA the most emissions-friendly gas-powered vehicle in the world. It not only meets the same Super-Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) ratings as experimental hybrid-engine designs but also earns an Electric/Zero-Emissions Vehicle (EZEV) rating heretofore achieved only by no-range electric vehicles. The performance penalty is only four horsepower and seven lb-ft of torque for the CA's modified 1.8-liter motor.

But that ain't all: a special PremAir radiator coating actually "eats" smog as the car rolls through space, converting ozone molecules into plain-old fresh oxygen. Without hyperbole, Nissan can actually claim that a Sentra CA is more beneficial to the environment while it's running than when it's parked with the ignition off. The only small-print issue is the CA's requirement of the low-sulfur fuel presently mandated only by California. As this fuel becomes more widespread around the U.S., so too will the CA, Nissan promises.

After the stunning success of Nissan's new Xterra compact-SUV in '99, the 2000 Sentra represents a significant second act in Nissan's dramatic process of self-rescue. There's more to follow, Nissan types broadly hint, obviously referring to a resurrected Z-car sports model. But the Sentra is making a credible effort to win over the hearts and minds of entry-level buyers now. And who knows? If the CA model cultivates a following, maybe Sentra will accomplish a clean sweep.

2000 Nissan Sentra

Base Price: $11,649
Engine: 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder, 126 hp; 2.0-liter four, 145 hp
Transmission: five-speed manual; four-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 99.8 in
Length: 177.5 in
Width: 67.3 in
Height: 55.5 in
Weight: 2548-2713 lb
Fuel economy: 27 city/ 35 hwy (XE manual)
Major standard equipment:
Dual airbags
Cloth seats
Remote trunk release
Tilt steering

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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